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First Nations to Award Grants for Policy and Advocacy Efforts Aimed at Native Nutrition and Health

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Application Deadline April 9, 2019

Longmont, Colorado, March 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting grant proposals under a new effort known as the “Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign.” First Nations will award up to five grants of $75,000 to $100,000 each to support Native American-led efforts aimed at advancing new policies and innovative policymaking approaches that benefit Native American nutrition and health. These can involve efforts to improve access to healthy foods, reduce consumption of sugary beverages and foods, strengthen food sovereignty work that is rooted in tradition, culture and Indigenous knowledge, or other approaches.

The Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign is made possible through the Policy Innovation Fund, which was developed jointly by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) and its Voices for Healthy Kids initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The $1.6 million Policy Innovation Fund is a continuation of the SMSC and AHA’s partnership to promote Native-led dietary health advocacy, which first began in 2015. Other elements of the campaign include leadership development, technical assistance and movement-building activities to support the growing nutrition and health movement in Indian Country.

The Request for Proposals can be found at https://www.firstnations.org/rfps/fertile-ground-2019/. The application deadline is April 9, 2019. All applications must be submitted via the First Nations online grant application system. Organizations eligible to apply include federal- or state-recognized tribal governments (including tribally-run programs or departments), Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits, Native-controlled community-based organizations with a fiscal sponsor, and Native Section 7871 organizations.

Specifically, First Nations seeks projects that promote the development and passage of policies and policy systems change. These could include such things as “ground-softening” efforts and campaigns focused on increasing access to healthy, affordable and Native-produced food, or improving nutrition and health outcomes for Native peoples.

There are two informational Q&A webinars scheduled that will be helpful as you prepare your applications.

  • Friday, March 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. Mountain Time
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 11 a.m. Mountain Time

Register for one or both at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/442756137492571915 (Webinar ID is 833-383-995).

About First Nations Development Institute

For more than 38 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities.  First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.

PROGRAM CONTACT:  Rana LaPine, First Nations Project Coordinator, at (303) 774-7836 x209 or rlapine@firstnations.org
MEDIA CONTACT: Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer, at (303) 774-7836 x213 or rblauvelt@firstnations.org

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